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DUNDEE UNITED COMMUNITY TRUST
April 24, 2017
Dundee United FC launched a new expanded community partnership with Dundee United Community Trust (DUCT), formerly United for All at a gala event at Tannadice Park today.
The charity, set up in 2007 revealed today that in partnership with the Club, they will now oversee the community department and reach of Dundee United FC into the local community.
The Club has always had a massive impact on the local community – right from the days of its formation for the local immigrant community in 1909 – and this new agreement will strengthen and expand its reach.
DUCT, which has Lorraine Kelly, Brian Taylor and Ricky Ross as Honorary Patrons focuses on four pillars of activity: Sport, Health, Education and Inclusion.
Within these four components, the current projects currently account for over 500,000 engagements within the community, and this number will grow under the new partnership. The present list of programmes will expand to incorporate new and improved projects across the community, directly impacting the lives of people of all ages within the local community – reaching as far as Angus and Perthshire.
DUCT have also launched a new website: http://dundeeunitedct.co.uk which will highlight the work within the community.
Stephen Thompson, Chairman of Dundee United FC, said, “This partnership allows DUCT to concentrate on growing and improving the Club’s reach within the local community. The charity has far greater access to funding and the opportunity to expand into areas we previously could not reach.
“This Club, as Dundee Hibernian was formed to promote inclusion for the local immigrant community and being a big part of the local community remains an important goal. It is my belief that today’s announcement strengthens that aim.”
DUCT Chairman David Dorward said, “The launch of the Dundee United Community Trust and today’s agreement is a significant step for the charity. DUCT has come a long way since 2007 and today will allow DUCT greater access to external resources to improve both the charity and the club’s reach within the local community.
“This is an exciting partnership which strengthens the link between DUCT and Dundee United but also gives fresh impetus and greater access to the reach into the community. DUCT has fabulous staff in Jamie Kirk (Head of Operations) and Gordon Grady (Community Manager) and their team of casual staff and volunteers will continue to deliver exciting, valuable projects that will impact on the life of the local community beyond the successful programmes already active.”
ABOUT US AND OUR COMMUNITY
United for All Community Trust is a charitable organisation which was established by ArabTRUST in 2008. It aims to become more established as Dundee United Football Club’s official charity partner as well as a key player in the local community. The Charity works to achieve positive outcomes for targeted groups within the local community across four key pillars of activity:
Some of the reasons for establishing the Charity included:
From previous discussions with key local stakeholders it is evident there is a need for better support services across a number of areas and groups within the Dundee community.
The City of Dundee has one of the highest levels of multiple deprivation in Scotland and there are large areas of concentrated deprivation where there is an unmet need for community engagement and basic service provision.
There are groups within the local community who are particularly vulnerable and facing very challenging circumstances and are therefore in need of support. These include, but are not limited to: Primary School aged children in deprived areas, disinterested secondary school pupils, looked after and accommodated children, bored young people out-with school hours, unemployed young people and adults, physically and mentally handicapped young people and adults, carers, the elderly and people affected by substance abuse.
There is already strong evidence to support the power of sport as a hook to engage those who may otherwise avoid accessing the services and facilities in place to support them.
The Charity, in partnership with Dundee United Football Club, is well placed in terms of resources and facilities to deliver strong projects for the benefit of the local community and has the potential to become a key local delivery partner.
OUR VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
Our vision is that:
The communities of Dundee work together in becoming happier and healthier and that people are encouraged to be the very best that they can be.
Our mission is:
To become a key player in the local community and drive positive change through innovative projects, specifically targeted at those in most need.
In achieving this we are committed to the following key values:
Respecting the input of others and recognising the positive difference people can make
Placing the needs of the community at the heart of everything we do
Being proud of our achievements in and for the local community
Challenging ourselves and others
Acting with integrity and honesty
By 2019 as a result of this strategy our ambition is that:
United for All will be recognised as a key player in the local community and the official Charity partner of Dundee United Football Club. We will be trusted to deliver a vast array of projects across our four key pillars of activity: participation, education, health and inclusion; all of which achieve strong outcomes for the people of Dundee.
OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
We would not be achieving our objectives as a Charity if our work was not driven by the needs of the local community, therefore we have set the following 12 strategic priorities to help focus our work. The priorities have been aligned with local, regional and national planning documents to ensure that our activities and services are of value and have the maximum impact on those in our community in most need.
Under 5’s in deprived areas
Primary school-children in deprived areas
Disinterested secondary school pupils
Looked after children
Bored young people
Physically and mentally handicapped young people and adults
Elderly and lonely
Persons affected by substance abuse
Sports for all
Community Schools Coaching
When Programme Manager Dave Bowman launched the Dundee United Community Schools Coaching programme, ArabTRUST made a generous donation of £10,000 to ensure the scheme got off to the best possible start and provide all of the schoolchildren who participated with exclusive, bespoke, training kit.
The schools programme delivers professional coaching to primary and secondary schools in Dundee. The Programme also encourages fitness and healthy lifestyles and, moreover, emphasises the complementary social awareness issues.
Dundee Primary School League Sponsorship
ArabTRUST are delighted to sponsor the Dundee Primary Schools League.
This has been a long-standing partnership for the Trust and we see it as a key way of giving something back to the future generation of fans and footballers in our city.
Show Racism the Red Card
Both Dundee United ArabTRUST have a long standing association with the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
ArabTRUST have been heavily involved in developing a strong relationship with Show Racism the Red Card and have regularly helped organise and deliver events and seminars at the Club since 2005.
Since the inaugural event in September 2007, ArabTRUST and Dundee United have been fully supportive of the anti-sectarianism campaign.
ArabTRUST Board Member Mike Barile has been especially active in helping support the national campaign against sectarianism.
Tannadice Park hosted Scotland's inaugural 'Kick-Out Bigotry' event on 27th September organized jointly by Dundee's two professional football clubs, with added support from the two respective supporters' trusts - Dee4Life and ArabTRUST.
150 pupils from a mixture of denominational and non-denominational Dundee primary schools attended the event which included an anti-sectarianism question and answer session with then DUFC manager Craig Levein, former Dundee assistant manager David Farrell, and DUFC players including current Club Captain Sean Dillon and Jon Daly.
The following year Mike Barile joined international football legends Craig Brown, Brian Kerr, Bryan Hamilton, Ian Rush and Graham Taylor to receive an award in Belfast as Scotland's Football Without Frontiers (FWF) Community Champion.
The FWF UK & Ireland network presented the award to Mike Barile for his inspiring voluntary contribution to tackling bigotry in the game and Scottish society over the last five years.
Mike has helped to reach a total of over 2,000 young people with the anti-bigotry message since 2003, organizing events at Tannadice Stadium in conjunction with Football for All and Dundee United FC which tackle both racism and sectarianism. As well as his community outreach work, Mike has been instrumental in arranging finance for fan actions and permanent anti-bigotry perimeter hoardings around Tannadice to remind all supporters that racism and sectarianism are not welcome around the club.
As a result of Mike and other’s contributions, ArabTRUST and Dundee United FC have maintained their position as one of the most proactive clubs in Scotland with regard to promoting equality through the use of football.